Night Horse

Perdition Hymns

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On their debut, Dark Won’t Hide You, Night Horse established themselves as one of the new kids in the world of hard rock, adding a modern growl to the classic boogie rock sounds of bands like ZZ Top and the Allman Brothers Band to become a hard-edged throwback to a more straight-ahead period in rock & roll. On their follow-up, Perdition Hymns, the band has added a new element to that formula, slowing things down a bit with some Southern rock, creating a sound that maintains the edge of their earlier work while adding in a bit of old-fashioned, down-home Southern groove. It’s hard to sit still when the classic drum stomp of “Angel Eyes” kicks in, reminding the listener that rock & roll is, above all else, party music. Deeper into the album, “Come Down Halo” perfectly evokes the feeling of a windows-down-and-stereo-cranked summer road trip, driving the listener toward the freedom of the open road with every snaking riff. Night Horse also explore the slower side of Southern rock with “Black Cloud” and “Same Old Blues,” a pair of slower jams that show off the band's bluesy side with an impression of old-school blues-rock that may not be quite as on the money as the Black Crowes, but is just as earnest and heartfelt. And it’s that kind of earnest quality that really shines through on Perdition Hymns. Night Horse aren’t tackling rock’s past with an ironic wink and a smile, they’re creating an homage to what made the blues-touched rock of the past so compelling, and hoping a little of that old magic makes it through to the listener in the process. Fortunately for us (and them), it does.

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